Mountain Trail Middle School is committed to helping students achieve academic excellence. Assignment completion helps students achieve academic success in school. Research shows that students who consistently and independently complete assignments will be more successful in school. Mountain Trail Middle School (MTMS) used this research to develop the 9th Hour Study Hall that reinforces responsibility by encouraging students to complete and turn in their work on time. In addition, it gives students the opportunity to get extra help with their studies.
It is our philosophy that the consequence for not doing the work is to finish the work. In other words, we do not accept failure as an option. It is our expectation that all students come to school with homework completed and ready to hand in on the scheduled due date. Our teachers are dedicated to providing your child with a high-quality education and assistance. If your child does not understand a question or cannot find an answer, it is his/her responsibility to seek the teacher’s help prior to the time that the assignment is due.
There are two ways for a student to attend 9th Hour. One, a student may be referred to 9th Hour by his/her teacher or counselor because of missing assignments or dropping grades. When this is the case, your child, child's teacher or counselor will contact you. Two, a student may volunteer to attend 9th hour as a way to get help with a homework assignment or to just have a quiet place to get a jump start on homework. Either way, the purpose of 9th Hour is to give students an opportunity to complete schoolwork, study for tests, ask for help, or use the computers at school to write reports, do research, etc.
9th Hour Partial Credit Policy
Our after-school intervention program is designed to assist students in getting caught up and staying caught up. If you child attends 9th hour, teachers will accept late work with individual class penalties being no more than a 50% deduction from the earned score. Individual teacher's timeline acceptance of late work may vary.
**Please know that work completed in 9th hour requires the attending teacher’s signature as confirmation that the work was completed in 9th hour.
If you would like your student to take part in our 9th Hour Study Hall, please complete one of the two forms on this page and then return it, along with a payment of $25 per quarter, or $100 for the year, to the front office. If your child is referred to 9th hour due to low grades or missing assignments and you wish to decline this opportunity for your child, you may sign an opt-out form available in the office. Late buses will be available to take students home after 9th hour.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor at (602) 449-4600.
- When is 9th hour?
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 pm to 5 pm. On days where there is a holiday or half day, 9th hour will be moved to the Monday or Wednesday.
- What is the cost?
The cost is $25 per quarter. You may pay each quarter or for the entire year all at once.
- Who monitors 9th hour?
A certified teacher from MTMS will monitor students as they finish their work.
- How will I know which day my child will be assigned to 9th hour?
You and your child arrange which days he/she will attend. The 9th hour teacher will send an email to let you know if your child wasn't in attendance.
- Do I have to wait for my child to be assigned to 9th hour by a teacher?
No, you may sign your child up at any time.
- What if I don't want my child to participate in 9th hour?
On the form that is sent home, there is an option to decline the additional opportunity for help for your child.
- Are there late buses?
Yes, late buses will be available to take your child home. Your child may instead walk or have you pick them up by 5 pm.
9th Hour Forms
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